Shepard Broad Law Center

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Nova Southeastern University
Shepard Broad College of Law
Established 1974
School type Private
Parent endowment US $47.6 million
Dean Jon Garon
Location Davie, Florida, U.S.
Enrollment 927
Faculty 60 full time, 8 CSP instructors, 111 adjunct[1]
USNWR ranking Tier 4
Bar pass rate 81.8% (July '13)[2]

Shepard Broad College of Law (also referred to as NSU Law and Nova Law) is the law school of Nova Southeastern University, housed in the Leo Goodwin, Sr. Hall, located on the school's main campus in Davie, Florida in the United States. The school offers full-time day and part-time evening programs.

According to Nova's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 58.6% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners.[3]


Founded in 1974, the school is named after lawyer and philanthropist Shepard Broad, in recognition of his counsel, community leadership, and financial support. The law building is named after Leo Goodwin, Sr., also an entrepreneur and philanthropist who was committed to the advancement of education and research. The school received approval by the American Bar Association in 1975.[4]

Admissions & Employment Statistics[edit]

Official data from the American Bar Association describes the Shepard Broad College of Law as a private school with a student/faculty ratio of 14.1:1, requiring 90 credit hours to graduate. The median LSAT score is 150 for full-time students.[5] The median GPA is 3.26 for full-time students and 3.03 for part-time students. J.D. Attrition for 1Ls is 22.7%.

[6] Nova's pass rate for first-time takers of the Bar exam is 83.3%, significantly higher than the statewide average of 77.6%. Of the 2013 class, Nova states that 81% of students are employed (not necessarily as attorneys), 16% are unemployed, and 3% are pursuing graduate degrees.[6] According to Nova's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 58.6% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners.[3] Nova's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 24.7%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[7]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Nova for the 2013-2014 academic year is $60,924. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $229,876.[8]


NSU Law offers the J.D. degree in the traditional three-year program, or in a four-year, part-time evening program for working professional students. International Dual-Degree programs are also available with Roma Tre University for Italy, Charles University in Prague for Czech Republic, and University of Barcelona for Spain. The program enables students to earn degrees in both common law and civil law, and lead to licensure in multiple jurisdictions.

First Year Curriculum[edit]

The mandatory first year curriculum consists of the following ABA-required courses:

Extracurricular activities[edit]


Leo Goodwin Sr. Hall, which houses the College of Law, has two courtrooms, recently upgraded with state-of-the-art technology, and is used by students in the school's trial advocacy and moot court programs as well as by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and state appellate court judges.

Law Library and Technology Center[edit]

The law library's collection is housed on three floors in a 43,000 square foot facility.[9] The first floor houses the library's state collection and various Florida journals and periodicals, as well as the microfiche room. The first floor is also home to the library's Technical Services department and the International Programs department. The second floor contains the Circulation and Reference desks where visitors can find Study Guides, current periodicals and Reserved materials. The rest of the floor holds the Tax, Federal, Treaties, and General Collections. The second floor is also home to librarian and administrative offices. The third floor has the library's Burris Collection, admiralty materials, offices of the Nova Law Review, the IT department, and is home to the library's Federal and United Nations selective Depository.[9] The Law Library and Technology Center became a selective U.S. Federal depository in 1982 and it collects approximately 15% of the publications that are available through the program and they offer online access to the resources as well. The Library has also been a U.N. depository of English language materials since 1997 and they offer access to both print and electronic resources.

Past and Present Deans[edit]

Peter W. Thornton, J.D. (Born 1919-Died 2009) (Founding Dean 1974-1975)

Ovid Lewis, J.D. (Born 1932-Died 2011)

Roger Abrams, J.D.

Joseph Harbaugh, J.D.

Athornia Steele, J.D.

Elena Langan, J.D. (Interim Dean, September 2013 - July 2014)[10]

Jon Garon, J.D. (July 2014 – Present)[11]


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